Before Stan Lee, comic books had a very distinct tone. Superheroes were faultless, righteous and generally more like untouchable Gods than actual humans. But with his influence starting in the 1960s, superheroes became more human than ever before, while still maintaining superhuman abilities. His characters were notable for facing every day life as well as world threatening villains, and an instant resonation was seen with fan bases.
So successful was his approach that he became one of Marvel’s primary creators for two whole decades, quickly resulting in him being a world recognised comic book face. Readers went out of their way to buy comics with his name on the cover, and it wasn’t long before Stan Lee and Marvel became synonymous. [Read more…]